The star-studded guestlist: A who’s who of the guests at King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation

Actors, TV stars and political figures from across the globe were among thousands at the big event

Matt Mathers
Monday 08 May 2023 11:14 BST
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The great and the good were among the thousands of guests inside Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla as millions across the world watched the historic ceremony.

Celebrities, TV stars and political figures from across the globe – wearing a colourful array of suits, fascinators, military uniforms and medals and religious clothing –were among those seen filing into the venue on Saturday morning ahead of the big event.

A delighted looking Dame Emma Thompson was one of the first to arrive for the ceremony. Other stars seen entering the church included TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – who grinned and waved at royal fans – actor Stephen Fry, musician Nick Cave and magician Dynamo.

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US singer Katy Perry, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, BBC director-general Tim Davie, actress Dame Joanna Lumley and singer Lionel Richie, who will perform at the coronation concert on Sunday, were also in attendance.

All eyes were on the Duke of Sussex as he arrived just before 10.40am, without his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, and their two children, after flying into the UK from the US. Prince Harry, who is no longer a working royal, was seen chatting to his cousins inside the venue. The Duke of York had earlier been booed as he arrived at Westminster Abbey.

From the world of politics, prime minister Rishi Sunak, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Tory MPs including Andrea Leadsom, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove were at the event. They were joined by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Jill Biden and granddaughter Finnegan, who were representing the US while President Joe Biden stayed at home.

The King and Queen set off on the procession at 10.20am in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach, created in 2012 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. The ceremony at Westminster Abbey started at 11am.

A solo Prince Harry arrived at the Abbey at around 10.40am
A solo Prince Harry arrived at the Abbey at around 10.40am (BBC)

A solo Prince Harry arrived at the coronation just before 10.40am and was seen chatting with his cousins after entering the abbey. It is the first time he has faced his relatives in public since he criticised Charles, Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales in his tell-all memoir Spare.

Actress Dame Emma Thompson flicked a peace sign as she arrived at Westminster Abbey earlier this morning
Actress Dame Emma Thompson flicked a peace sign as she arrived at Westminster Abbey earlier this morning (PA)

Dame Emma Thompson, wearing regal red and her damehood medal and insignia, gave a peace sign as she arrived at Westminster Abbey ahead of the coronation ceremony. She was accompanied by her husband, actor Greg Wise.

Jill Biden, dressed in blue, and her granddaughter Finnegan, walk up the church aisle
Jill Biden, dressed in blue, and her granddaughter Finnegan, walk up the church aisle (PA)

First Lady of the United States, Dr Jill Biden, and her granddaughter Finnegan Biden, were among the international names at the event. President Joe Biden will not be attending.

Princess Charlotte makes her way to the church
Princess Charlotte makes her way to the church (Getty Images)

Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince William’s daughter, looks out of the window of the state car on her way to Westminster Abbey.

Lionel Richie shares a laugh with other guests at the ceremony
Lionel Richie shares a laugh with other guests at the ceremony (PA)

US singer-songwriter Lionel Richie met the King and Queen and other guests on Wednesday as they soaked up the sunny weather at the first traditional garden party of the King’s reign. He will perform at the coronation concert on Sunday.

TV presenters And and Dec take their seats inside in the packed church
TV presenters And and Dec take their seats inside in the packed church ( PA)

TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly entered the abbey just before 9am, greeting other guests with waves and smiles. Wearing morning suits, the duo – who are attending in their capacity as goodwill ambassadors for the Prince’s Trust – grinned and said hello as some members of the congregation in the North Transept gave them a cheer.

Joanna Lumley, talking with Tory politicians outside the abbey before heading inside for the coronation
Joanna Lumley, talking with Tory politicians outside the abbey before heading inside for the coronation (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Actress Joanna Lumley talks with Conservative politicians Mark Harper, Suella Braverman and Robert Jenrick outside the abbey.

The Duke of York, who has no official role in the coronation
The Duke of York, who has no official role in the coronation (PA )

A slightly apprehensive-looking Duke of York travels by car to the coronation. Prince Andrew, who is no longer a working royal, was booed as he arrived at the abbey.

US popstar Katy Perry at the event
US popstar Katy Perry at the event (Getty Images)

US popstar Katy Perry was dressed head to toe in pink ahead of the service.

Justin Trudeau prime minister of Canada with his wife Sophie
Justin Trudeau prime minister of Canada with his wife Sophie (Getty Images)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau with his wife, Sophie.

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy arrive at Westminster Abbey
Prime minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy arrive at Westminster Abbey (AP)

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy lead the British politicians at the event.

David and Samantha Cameron
David and Samantha Cameron (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Former prime minister David Cameron with wife Samantha in Westminster Abbey.

Therese Coffey walks to Westminster Abbey
Therese Coffey walks to Westminster Abbey ( )

Theresa Coffey, the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs arrives wearing a red hat, white blazer and spotted dress.

Ms Coffey, who represents Suffolk Coastal, was previously secretary of state for health and social care, and deputy prime minister, between 6 September 2022 and 25 October 2022.

Nick Cave makes his way to the church
Nick Cave makes his way to the church (PA)

Nick Cave, the Australian singer, was in conversation with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams as they arrived at the abbey.

Earlier this week Mr Cave defended himself after a fan questioned his attendance at the coronation, saying he holds “an inexplicable emotional attachment to the Royals”. In the latest edition of his self-published Red Hand Files newsletter, where he answers fan-sent questions, the rocker revealed that he has received several hostile messages questioning his supposed support of the monarchy.

Former prime minister Sir John Major outside the Abbey
Former prime minister Sir John Major outside the Abbey (Getty Images)

Former prime minister Sir John Major is among the political figures at the event.

Professor Chris Whitty makes his way to Westminster Abbey
Professor Chris Whitty makes his way to Westminster Abbey (PA)

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. He represents the UK on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.

Lord Sebastian Coe on his way to see the King and Queen
Lord Sebastian Coe on his way to see the King and Queen (PA)

Lord Sebastian Coe, the former Olympian, wore a black blazer and grey trousers as he arrived for the event.

Jay Blades talks with a woman near Westminster Abbey
Jay Blades talks with a woman near Westminster Abbey (PA)

TV presenter Jay Blades looked suave as he showed up in a suit and cap. Charles visited Blades for a special episode of The Repair Shop where his bracket clock and a piece made for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee by British ceramics maker Wemyss Ware were fixed.

Keir Starmer and Andrew Lloyd Webber talk ahead of the ceremony
Keir Starmer and Andrew Lloyd Webber talk ahead of the ceremony (PA)

Labour leader Keir Starmer, dressed in black and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, in grey, talk ahead of the ceremony.

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